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Listless officials ensure MC losses pile up

Despite getting the nod from the municipal corporation, several civic projects have been hanging fire for the past several months, causing huge financial losses to the civic body.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 13, 2014 13:48 IST
Hillary Victor

Despite getting the nod from the municipal corporation, several civic projects have been hanging fire for the past several months, causing huge financial losses to the civic body.

The MC’s tall claims have fallen flat as most of the paid parking lots in the city await auction for the past six months. As if this was not bad enough, the civic body has yet to allot booths in various city markets as well as in the fish market besides water kiosks in Sector 17.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh told Hindustan Times: “It is very unfortunate that officials concerned are not taking any interest in projects, which are hanging fire, for the past several months. MC commissioner should fix responsibility of the officials concerned and work on various projects has not yet started due to the lackadaisical approach by the officers,” he said.

PAID PARKING LOTS AWAIT AUCTION

The Chandigarh municipal corporation seems hardly concerned about the welfare of residents driving down their offices and markets as the paid parking infrastructure in the city is on its knees.

Currently, of total 24 parking lots in the city, 10 are lying vacant for the past six months. Also, in the absence of contractors, vehicles in lots are parked
haphazardly.

ALLOTMENT OF BOOTHS HANGS IN BALANCE

Failing to frame a policy regarding the allotment of nearly 240 booths in various parts of the city in the past one decade, the municipal corporation has suffered a loss of nearly Rs 5 crore.

In several house meetings, the issue was raised and debated. Councillors even suggested that shops in the subway on the Sector 17-22 should be given to vendors for providing affordable food, but nothing has been done so far.

Even 26 booths at the air-conditioned fish market in Sector 41 are lying vacant for the past three years, causing huge loss to the MC. In November last year, the civic body constructed 40 booths under newly constructed over bridge in Sector 17, but to no avail.

WATER KIOSKS IN SECTOR 17 NOT ALLOTTED

It was in August, when finance and contract committee of the MC decided to formulate a new policy on water kiosks allotment, but file has not even moved an inch. Also, almost more than one year has passed when MC chief Vivek Pratap Singh ordered inquiry into three water kiosks in Sector 17, which were running illegally for the past seven years and civic body suffered a loss of nearly Rs 50 lakh on the account of advertisements, but the report is still awaited.

MC YET TO ALLOT SEC 48 FOOD STREET SHOPS

Though in MC House meeting held last month, it was decided that food street shops in Sector 48, which were inaugurated seven months ago, would be auctioned, residents’ wait for a food street in a southern sectors is getting endless.

It was decided to auction the shops with reserve price of Rs 2,000 and sealed bids will be invited, but no efforts have been made till date.

MC FAILS TO TAKE POSSESSION OF 18 TOILETS

Strange, but true. Even after more than one year, the civic body has not taken possession of 18 toilet blocks constructed with the same technology by which a 10- storey building was constructed within 48 hours in SAS Nagar in 2012, as a result all toilet blocks remain locked.

The MC, for the first time, took up the project spending around Rs 1.1 crore. Also, it was in May, when the civic body handed over 86 public toilets to market welfare associations for maintenance, but things have gone bad to worse. Most of these toilets are unmanned and are in a pitiable condition. Even after six months, the MC failed to frame any policy in this regard.